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Spam King Aiding Anti-Sheriff Scott Israel Political Committee Built South Florida Porn Empire

Scott Hirsch, the man who sent one million emails to Broward voters on behalf of an anti-Sheriff Scott Israel political committee, helped make Broward county the webcam porn capital of the world. Yesterday, REDBROWARD exposed Hirsch’s $5,000 in-kind contribution to the “Citizens Over Public Safety (COPS)” political committee. The contribution came from Hirsch’s company, Media Direct, Inc. In April, REDBROWARD revealed the committee’s ties to Israel’s Democrat opponent James Fondo and his consultant, Dan Lewis. 

In 2003, Hirsch told TIME magazine he likes to take credit for making South Florida the “spam capital of the world.” Published reports accused Hirsch’s Naviant company of spamming customers on behalf of Miller Brewing, Sprint and General Motors.

In 1998, America Online (AOL) named another one of Hirsch’s companies of spamming users. 

DoMeLive.com

AOL created a “Most Wanted Spammer” list, “detailing what it claims are 10 of the worst purveyors of unsolicited, bulk e-mail on the Net.” One of the websites named was the Fort Lauderdale-based DoMeLive.com.

According to published reports, Scott Hirsch was the owner of DoMeLive.com. Hirsch’s own personal website even lists the 1998 TIME magazine article detailing the goings on at DoMeLive.com.

The website offered live, real time models acting out various sexual situations for a hefty fee. Getty Images captured some behind the scenes peeks into Hirsch’s growing porn empire.

According to Getty, forty women worked for Scott Hirsch. They captioned photographs with the following:

The shows are filmed in studios and broadcast live on the web. The cybersex site provides roughly 8,000 peep show minutes a day at $5.95, a weekly take of about $300,000.

Does James Fondo know about Hirsch’s work in spam and porn? Did consultant Dan Lewis know about Hirsch’s past? Who gave the okay to let Hirsch email one million Broward voters?

Broward voters deserve answers before the August 30 election.


Spammed? Anti-Sheriff Israel Group Using Man Who Made South Florida The “Spam Capital Of The World.”

The shadowy political committee backing an opponent of Broward Sheriff Scott Israel is using the talents of the man who boasted of making South Florida the “spam capital of the world.” In June, the “Citizens Over Public Safety (COPS)” political committee received a $5,000 in-kind contribution from Media Direct, Inc of Deerfield Beach. According to State election reports the hefty contribution was for an “email blast to million.” One could reasonably assume COPS made an email blast to one million Broward voters.

According to State business records, Scott Hirsch is the president of Media Direct, Inc. Hirsch, a Boca Raton resident, has a controversial record when it comes to email blasts. 

In 2003, TIME magazine called Hirsch a “spammer” who sold his email marketing company to Equifax for a reported $135 million dollar price tag. “Florida is home to more spammers than any other state, and Hirsch — likes to take credit for helping make Boca Raton ‘the spam capital of the world.'”

Another reports chronicle how Hirsch’s company went after the former customers of big companies. 

SPAM CAMPAIGNS

In 2006, published reports claimed Hirsch’s Naviant company lead spam campaign on the behalf of Miller Brewing Co, CitiFinancial, Sprint and General Motors. OReilly.com reported the “Miller campaign suggests that Equifax’s spamming, and Naviant itself, are alive and well. Customer-contact.net, the domain referenced in the Miller spam, is associated with former Naviant head and longtime ROKSO spammer Scott Hirsch. The IP address hosting the customer-contact.net domain belongs to Naviant.”

The Mad Finn blog reported Naviant used “e-pending” to spam customers. “E-pending is a term used for a spammer technique of finding your Email address using other information, usually your name and mail address. A spammer, in this case Miller Brewing, has your other information, but not your email address. They’ll trawl online databases for likely matches, and basically append their records of you with the Email address found with the search. E-pending is notoriously inaccurate and guaranteed to generate spam.”

Hirsch is not the first controversial figure associated with the anti-Sheriff Scott Israel committee.

CONSULTANT OWNS COPS DOMAIN

In April, REDBROWARD reported Broward Denocrat consultant Dan Lewis met with the backers of the Citizens Over Public Safety (COPS) political committee. On April 2, REDBROWARD first reported the committee backers hoped to use “COPS” to support the campaign of Democrat James Fondo. Sources told REDBROWARD the backers discussed tactics with Lewis including the use of his controversial “blue card” mailer. The pro-Fondo forces planned to use COPS to attack Israel while Fondo remains “above the fray.”

REDBROWARD uncovered website domain records which showed Dan Lewis, owner of JNAC Communications and Management Services LLC, purchased domains related to the COPS political committee. The domains were registered in late February 2016. The domains include CitizensOverPublicSafety.com and CitizensOverPublicSafety.net.

In December, REDBROWARD reported Lewis’ famously wordy emails touting his judicial candidates ended up in spam folders all across Broward.

Scott Hirsch made South FL the “spam capital of the world”

Democrat Consultant Dan Lewis Stung By State Over “Blue Card” Scheme


Last week, the Florida Elections Commission(FEC) unanimously voted to fine a company owned by Broward Democrat consultant Dan Lewis for violations of Florida election law. The FEC investigation focused upon “blue cards” and “red cards” produced for the 2014 election by The Democracy Project, a fictitious entity created by Lewis’ STAR, Inc. In a 5-0 vote, the FEC determined Strategic Technologies & Research, Inc (STAR, Inc.) violated Florida Statutes sections 106.071(1) and 106.19(1)(c). Investigators determined failed to file expenditure reports and “deliberately failed” to include required information on expenditure reports.

STAR, Inc claimed they solicited no funds to pay for the “blue cards.” The state believed they listed expenditures for $399 (just below a $400 threshold) instead of the actual cost.

In October 2014, Dan Lewis bragged about his “blue card” scheme to BrowardBeat.com. He said he was using the cards to oppose the Broward School Board bond issue. Lewis said, “It comes down to trust, and I just don’t trust the School Board to act in either a responsible or professional manner or neither should you.” Lewis claimed he printed one million cards, with 500,000 to be mailed to Broward voters. Lewis told BrowardBeat he would send the card to 750,000 email address as well.

THE ONE MILLION BLUE CARD MYTH

But State investigators found Lewis did not print one million “blue cards.” Investigators obtained invoices from Lewis’ printer, The Printer’s Printer, and cancelled checks. Robert Zelinka of The Printer’s Printer told investigators he had printed just 200,000 cards for Lewis. Zelinka said just 117,000 cards were mailed to Broward voters. On October 9, 2014, the company submitted an invoice for $12,499 to Lewis’ Strategic Technologies & Research, Inc. Lewis was billed $10,126 for 3 versions of “postcards’ and $2,373 for three different mail “drops.” This invoice was received one week before Lewis told BrowardBeat he had printed one million cards.

“COUNTERFEIT” UNION LABEL ON BLUE CARDS

State investigators also determined the “blue cards” were stamped with a phony union label. Many Democrat candidates display a union label on their mailers out of respect to unions’ longtime support of Democrat causes. In July 2015, State investigator Keith Smith spoke with Tom Schatz, a chief investigator for the Teamsters Union in Washington, D.C.

Smith had faxed a copy of the mailer to Schatz to determine the validity of the union label on the “blue cards.” According to Smith’s notes, Schatz said, “that after reviewing the copy of the union-label and asking around, it was determined that the union-label was definitely not theirs and was a ‘counterfeit’ union-label. He said it appears that someone ‘made up’ the union-label and ‘stuck it on’ the mailer.”

ATTEMPT TO FOOL VOTERS?

Did The Democracy Project hope to fool voters with a fake union bug on the “blue cards?” While that’s not clear, many local Democrats believed Lewis’ “blue cards” were indeed a dirty trick meant to fool Democrat voters. In early November 2014, Palm Beach Democrat officials warned voters about the cards. The Palm beach Post reported, “The palm card, called ‘The Blue Card 2014 Voting Slate,’ appears to target Maria Sachs, the Democratic candidate for State Senator (District 34) and Andy O’Brien, the party’s choice for County Commissioner (District 4), wrote the county’s party chair Terrie Rizzo, in a party email alert. The Blue Card lists legitimate Democratic candidates in other races, but for Sachs’ and O’Brien’s districts, it lists their Republican opponents instead — Ellyn Bogdanoff and Steven Abrams.”

“The cards are blue in color, sent by something called ‘The Democracy Project.’ The Democracy Project is the brainchild of a Broward County-based political strategist who has used the same technique in prior years to influence voters,” Rizzo wrote. “The purpose of these Palm Cards seems to be to confuse Democratic voters into voting for Republican candidates. Please don’t be fooled.”

In Broward County, the Lewis “blue card” listed Republican Chip LaMarca instead of his Democrat challenger Ken Keechl. Sources tell REDBROWARD that Broward Democrat leaders were incensed when party chairman Mitch Ceasar failed to rebuke the Lewis “blue card.” Now, Dan Lewis is the main consultant for Ceasar’s campaign to be Broward County Clerk of Courts.

LEWIS ATTACKS THE MESSENGER

Attorney Colleen O’Loughlin represented STAR, Inc in the FEC matter. She used many legal tactics to stop the investigation, including a claim that STAR, Inc’s relationship with The Printer’s Printer involved “trade secrets” which were confidential. O’Loughlin even urged the FEC to seek criminal charges against the Broward resident who filed the complaint.

O’Loughlin wanted an FEC commissioner to be removed from the case. She filed a motion to disqualify Barbra Stern, because they did not feel she could be “fair and impartial because her mother, Judy Stern, is a very hostile political opponent of the director of STAR, Daniel Lewis.” O’Loughlin wrote STAR/Dan Lewis, “upon information and belief;[Stern] is directly behind this complaint against STAR-TDP in this matter…”

Dan Lewis did not respond to a request for comment.